Magazine article Gramophone

Reger: 'The Major Organ Works'

Magazine article Gramophone

Reger: 'The Major Organ Works'

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'The Major Organ Works'

Reger Introduction, Variations and Fugue, Op 73. Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue. Op 127. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op 56 Bach/Reger Preludes and Fugues--BWV849; BWV884

David Goode org

Signum [M][2] SIGCD329 (128' * DDD)

Played on the organ of Symphony Hall, Birmingham

David Goode recorded what was described as the first volume in a complete Reger cycle in 2003. Then he produced a three-disc set recorded on the Klais organ of Bath Abbey for the Herald label. Although not billed as such, this is the second volume, and while it also uses an English Klais, both the location and the label have changed. Whatever other changes have occurred in the decade which separates these two recordings, the impressive fluency and technical assurance of Goode's playing have not undergone any significant alteration--he remains an astute and highly sympathetic advocate for this music.

It takes a peculiar sort of talent both to play Reger's organ music and to set out to perform every note of it (although the progress thus far suggests it will be well into the next century before Goode completes this project). …

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